Saturday, 9 November 2013

Snowshoeing on Grouse Mountain


When we were in Canada in January, we landed in Vancouver - definitely the warmer side of the country. In the city the weather was more likely to be foggy or rainy, rather than the icy cold you might expect of a Canadian winter.

One day, we got bored of the weather at sea level, and decided to head into the mountains to find some snow. There's a bus that takes you to the base of Grouse Mountain, and from there, it's a cable car to reach the mountain resort itself, giving beautiful views back towards the city.

I hadn't brought proper winter sports clothes with me (we were, after all, primarily there for the cross-Canadian railway), but we decided we could probably manage snowshoeing in our jeans. It was a perfect day for it, and the trails were in great condition, so we hired some snowshoes and stomped off across the snow. I'd never done it before, so it did take a little while to get used to the feeling - especially on slopes, where you really have to trust the shoes to grip for you. By the time we got back to base, I was very tempted to buy myself a pair next time we go skiing, as despite the ungainly feeling of having tennis rackets on your feet, it does make walking around in the snow so much easier.

Grouse Mountain also has a fine dining restaurant (which we didn't sample) and a typical ski resort cafeteria (which we did). It's not badly priced, considering they have a monopoly on the mountainside, and we were even lucky enough to get free coffee vouchers by answering a customer survey. There were also free sleigh rides, pulled along by a huge snow tractor, which was a nice bonus.








Rachel said...

Snowshoes - that sounds like quite an adventure!

Savvy WorkingGal said...

My husband has snowshoes and uses them quite a bit walking our dogs in winter here in Wisconsin. I tried them on once, but since they were too big for me I don't think I got the real experience. Your photos are beautiful and help make me look forward to the coming winter. Glad you enjoyed Vancouver - maybe someday.

Pauline Persing said...

Sounds like fun.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

You are adventurous!

Anonymous said...

You are one brave women! I avoid snow as much as possible. And I'm convinced that the snow in Canada is colder than it is here. What's funny is that we have a Canadian office at work and in the winter when the Director comes to STL and there's no one in the office he says "Where is everyone". I say "it's bad outside so a lot of people couldn't make it in." Then he says "over that?!?" Same conversation every year. LOL

But Canada sure does look beautiful!

Charlotte Klein said...

Beautiful pictures! I've never tried snowshoeing, but it sounds like a lot of fun (does look a bit tricky!).

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